Julio Abroleda-Florez, MD, PhD is a forensic psychiatrist epidemiologist and Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University in Kingston Canada with a long list of distinctions including past president of the World Association of Social Psychiatry and the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology.
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities.
Patrick Corrigan, PsyD is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. His research examines psychiatric disability and the impact of stigma on recovery and rehabilitation. Currently, he is principal investigator of the National Consortium for Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE); funded by NIMH.
Alison K. Malmon is founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc., the nation’s leading organization dedicated to empowering students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help seeking.
Bernice A. Pescosolido, PhD is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Indiana University and Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research. She has focused her research and teaching on social issues in health, illness, and healing. More specifically, Pescosolido’s research agenda addresses how social networks connect individuals to their communities and to institutional structures, providing the “wires” through which people’s attitudes and actions are influenced.
Norman Sartorius, MD, MA, DPM, PhD, FRC Psych was the first Director of the Division of Mental Health of the World Health Organization and subsequently the President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and of the Association of European Psychiatrists (EAP). He is currently the President of the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes a not-for- profit organization in Geneva. He has been leading the global programme against stigma involving more than 20 countries worldwide and participated in or carried out a number of projects dealing with stigma in various countries. Dr Sartorius holds professorial appointments at several other universities and has published more than 400 articles in peer reviewed journals and numerous books.
Gordon H. Smith, NAB President and CEO, joined the National Association of Broadcasters as president and CEO in November 2009. Prior to joining NAB, he served as a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon and later as senior advisor in the Washington offices of Covington & Burling, LLP.
Senator Darrell Steinberg, the California Senate President pro Tempore, is the leader of the majority party in the California State Senate. Heralded within the mental health community as the “most transformative figure mental health has ever seen”, Steinberg authored Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, creating a one billion-dollar system for dynamic mental healthcare in California. Steinberg has been a relentless advocate for mental healthcare, calling it “the under-attended issue in our time and in our society.”
Heather Stuart, PhD has been working in the field of stigma research for almost 15 years and is the co-founder and current Chair of the Scientific Section on Stigma and Mental Disorders for the World Psychiatric Association.
Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, KC,MD, MA, DPM, PhD, FRCC Psych was Director of the World Health Organization’s mental health programme from 1977 – 1993, President of the World Psychiatric Association from 1993 – 1999 and has been President of the European Psychiatric Association since 1999. is the President of the Association for the improvement of Mental Health Programmes.
Roger Wolfson is a professional television and film writer and an attorney with a background in law, politics, news, and international diplomacy. As a writer, he has written for five Network TV series, including Law and Order: SVU, Saving Grace, and the Closer, where one of his episodes earned Kyra Sedgwick an Emmy Nomination. He has also developed and sold seven pilots of his own. He has served as counsel and speechwriter for four U.S.